Exploring emotional intelligence – When smart is dumb

Emotional intelligence has been generating interest since Daniel Goleman first released his book Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, back in 1995.  It is a concept that has gained more and more popularity in recent years and is now largely considered as far more important when predicting future work performance than IQ. …

Improving mental health in the workplace

This year’s focus for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), is stress.  Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. At the outset of 2017 Theresa May asked for an independent review into how employers can better support the mental health of people …

Team diversity: The art of thinking independently together

Innovation is a key to success in modern organisations – constantly refining and changing products, being ahead of the game and creating the next solution.  In order to meet this demand for innovativeness, organisations have more and more replaced individual job assignments with team structures.  The modern workforce is primarily built on work teams, with …

Resilience: the be-all and end-all remedy?

  Resilience is not a new concept and most of us will have heard of it, but more and more it is being associated with performance in a business setting.  Most notably it is being touted as one of the key underpinning factors to long term effective leadership.  In fact, you do well these days …

Resilient leadership – home grown in Cumbria

  I’m constantly researching personality traits, evaluating personality profiles, focusing on the core attributes required for individuals and teams to thrive in business.  Leadership is always on my agenda.  Leadership theory is now so often centered around being resilient, as a core skill and requirement.  In a recent blog post on my website (Leadership and …

Recruiting a safer workforce: exploring links between personality and safety

  In the safety industry, it has been long thought that the application of training focusing on methods and procedures, combined with the safest equipment and tools, is the ultimate workplace safety solution. Whilst research (Beus et al. 2015) has found that safety climate perceptions accounted for the majority of explained variance in safety-related behaviour …

The ‘dyslexic advantage’ and the corporate environment

Literature and social media around dyslexia in the last couple of years has referred to a ‘dyslexic advantage’ – the suggestion that those individuals with dyslexia share a unique learning difference that can create advantages both in the classroom for learners, or in the workplace for adults.  There is no disputing the fact that dyslexic …